There are 2 things I would like to clear out with the help of anyone:
1. I am very new to Linux, and I was having problems installing sound on it, just like a lot of other people that I've seen on other threads, who had the same on board sound card. I have a p4 1.7GHz, with an intel mobo (D845EBG2), i845E chipset, and AD1981A AC97' sound. I have read on another thread that the linux kernel only supports ICH4 starting version 2.5.11, which I know is still under development. But I went to www.kernel.org
and found that the latest stable version, 2.4.19 supports ICH4. Can anyone confirm or deny that? Would this kernel version solve my sound problem? (The soundcard autodetection in RH 8.0 KDE detects my soundcard as i810, but it doesn't work, please see 2)
2. Since I couldnt get sound using the modules that came with my distribution (RH 8, kernel 2.4.18-17.8.0) I installed ALSA drivers version 0.9.orc5, and they work fantastically, only problem is when I run alsamixer, the sound channels are somehow reversed. Sound coming from my speakers correspond to the "headset" sound channel on alsamixer, and "master volume" doesn't seem to do anything to the sound. For mpu files and general sounds the channel on alsamixer and on kmix or volume control in KDE is pcm, and again, master volume doesn't do anything. I still get sound fine, I was just wondering if anyone came across the same problem of mixed up sound channels.
Because of the sound channels problem I would have preferred to use native drivers.
Thanks in advance